About 99% of the objections to solar power made in this post just don't make any sense. Here is my final rebuttal:
1) Just because solar may still be too inefficient to cover 100% of our energy use is not an excuse for not doing whatever we can to go solar.
2) Solar today works and is actually efficient enough so that only a fraction of a single family home rooftop can handle all of a household's energy usage.
3) Solar is within economic reach of single family homes because most solar providers now lease the panels at a fraction of the cost of an electric bill.
4) Just because the US is much bigger than Germany is no excuse for not trying our best to go solar. We can get a far bigger fraction of our energy use from solar because we have so much more solar coverage than Germany.
5) Yes, you can charge your electric car overnight because nowadays, the energy your panels make during the day go into the grid, which you can then use at night.
6) For those opposed to solar subsidies, in case you hadn't noticed, the US subsidizes oil, see http://news.yahoo.com/history-u-oil-subsidies-back-nearly-century-215500548.html
. Additionally, the US spends a rather large chunk of our National budget on defending our oil interests abroad in order to insure the US has access to enough oil. If we took all that money and subsidized renewable energy instead, we would be much better off.
7) The #1 initiative that got solar going in Germany isn't the subsidies, it's the requirement that the utilities purchase and pay for the solar energy produced by individuals. This offers a great incentive for individuals and small businesses to invest in more solar coverage than what meets their own energy needs. That way, lots of extra energy is produced. In the US, currently, the utilities don't have to pay you for your surplus. In fact, they get to wipe it out every year.
About the only legitimate objection to solar that someone posted in the comments is related to the mining or rare earths. But then, this is happening anyway because it's not just solar cells that need these, the entire computer and electronics industry is dependent on them.